Date: June 01, 2009

Boland and Keating claim Karrie Webb Scholarships

Click here to view final 08/09 Karrie Webb Series Rankings Golf Australia is pleased to announce that AIS/Golf Australia National Squad members Julia Boland (NSW) and Stacey Keating (VIC) are the recipients of the 2009 Karrie Webb Scholarships. Scholarship selection criteria comprises a range of factors including competing in a minimum number of events, conducting themselves as befitting a great ambassador for Australian golf; showing outstanding demeanour on and off the course and performances in Karrie Webb Series events. As scholarship recipients, Boland and Keating will receive international travel assistance, greater playing opportunities as well as personal training and mentoring from Webb herself. They will also join Webb at the 2009 US Women’s Open at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Karrie Webb Series comprises 13 amateur and professional events. Among them are each Member State s 72-Hole Stroke Play Championship, the Srixon Australian Women’s Stroke Play Championship and Women’s Australian Open. Keating said she was excited about spending time with the Australian Number 1. This was a goal (to finish in the top two) of mine at the beginning of the season. Now Julia and I get to spend a week with Karrie at the US Open and as you can imagine I m very excited, Keating said. Boland and Keating are now in Scotland, preparing to play in four tournaments before travelling to the United States to meet Webb. AIS/Golf Australia High Performance Program Manager Peter Knight said the scholarship and advice from Webb would be very rewarding. The feedback from last year s scholarship recipients and from Karrie was that the experience for the girls was invaluable; meeting some of the best players in the world, learning how the LPGA Tour works, watching a world major championship and all in the company of our greatest female golfer. It is no wonder these scholarships are so keenly sought after, Knight said. The Karrie Webb Series has been designed to provide a highly competitive environment for young women golfers as well as add an incredible promotional boost by having Australia s number one female golfer lend her name and financial support.